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RoxStar
07-15-2007, 12:23 AM
I will personally IP ban anyone who does not use spoiler tags, and spoils book 7 for me.
Read it. You should be considerate and still use spoiler tags.
~ Phreak





We need an official thread to differentiate from the Harry Potter 5 movie thread.

*ahem*

I, for one, am looking forward to the conclusion of the Harry Potter series with great anticipation and great sadness. I grew up with Harry Potter; I have identified with the story in different ways as I have grown older. Different aspects of the story have spoken to me in different ways as I have entered different times in my life and experienced new things.

The penultimate Rowling story of our favorite wizard in the cupboard under the stairs will coincide with my eventual maturation and journey into adulthood, just as Harry will welcome his seventeenth Birthday come July 31st. The story of Harry Potter is a universal one that everyone can identify with. From the frightening first days at a new, large school to being bullied by those larger than yourself, Harry Potter's story mirrors that of all adolescents and portrays the classic coming of age story with a magical twist.

Harry Potter and Star Wars have always been my favorite stories. They speak to me in different times in my life. I identify and empathize with different characters and understand their feelings. I like to believe that these stories have taught me a lot about life, the mentors within them have shown me a model way to live my life, and my friends contained within a hard-covered book have been as real and meaningful to me as any friend I will ever have.

I know that this final Harry adventure will conclude the story of the coming of age of Harry Potter and friends, and will leave me a better person.

Mike Windu
07-15-2007, 12:43 AM
Cheers. I too look forward to the end of Mr. Potter's saga. It'll be one hell of a book.

Tyrion
07-15-2007, 12:44 AM
I don't understand one thing, though, about the Harry Potter world. It's a world full of magic; you can create potions, casts spells, enchant things. More to the point, the story takes place within the wizarding equivalent of a high school, complete with all of the classical cliches that sitcoms have expounded for decades. The question, I beg to ask, is why there aren't more references to drugs and sex?

I mean, considering how emo Harry gets in the novel, I'm a bit shocked he hasn't resorted to sniffing up some magic puff dragon powder (literally) off the belly of, I don't know, Dolly.

But anyway, as far as the story goes, I just hope it isn't Hagrid who dies. He, along with Sirius and Dumbledore, is/was one of the best characters within the books. I'd much rather take a dead Harry any day. At least then he could probably apparate and whine again about how Cho dissed him at the 50th class reunion.

Commander Obi-Wan
07-15-2007, 01:16 AM
Well, I think the Harry Potter books are guided for a wide variety of audiences, but specifically for younger teens and children. Meaning they would have to be suitable for those age groups. I would think fan-fiction would allow you to explore that territory and do what ever you want to Harry Potter and his classmates and what-not. I'm sure you'll find such stories out there. ;)

I'm stoked about the final book. I just hope it isn't a **** ending. Up to date, the books just keep getting better, for me at least. And we've had characters die that some of us didn't really expect. Sirius' death came rather unexpected. He was introduced in the third book, but we really didn't get to see/read too much about him. He was kind of short-lived.

Then, Dumbledore dies. Probably stunning thousands of Harry Potter readers and the way he did was rather alarming and really inevitable.

So, maybe we shouldn't be so surprised when a character such as Hagrid dies or somebody significant along those lines. Though, we already know that somebody significant will probably die besides Harry or Voldemort/Tom Riddle.

I've already re-read The Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince, so I could be fully updated once the final book comes out. I would tend to agree that Harry Potter has been somewhat significant to me since it's really the only books that I've read in a while. >_> As well as probably my favourite book series that I have read. It's just so easy to get warped into the story. :p

Jeff
07-15-2007, 01:56 AM
I'm really looking forward to it. I've got plans to get it at midnight when its released.

Its confirmed that at least one character will die. I'm hoping that its not Ron, Hermione, or Harry. The only reason she'd kill off Harry is so that no one else can write about him ever again.

I'll probably try to re-read book 6 before it comes out, I can get through those books pretty quickly. It will be interesting!

CapNColostomy
07-15-2007, 02:17 AM
I suppose I'm the only person around here that thinks these stories in book or film form are utter s**t?





Look, I found a way to type the sound a fart makes!

Mike Windu
07-15-2007, 02:57 AM
There's a good few. :)

My bets are on at least one of the trinity dying. I think Rowling might deny the Ron Hermione loving. :p

Boba Rhett
07-15-2007, 03:19 AM
I think Rowling might deny the Ron Hermione loving. :p


You take that back. :carms:

Pho3nix
07-15-2007, 07:28 AM
I agree with you fully RoxStar.

The only thing missing from the books is well, reality. And by that I mean references to sex, alcohol and drugs.

But I guess it would be 'too much' for 11 year olds who read the book. Too many lawsuits filed by parents who are over-protective of their children. Meh.

IG-64
07-15-2007, 08:35 AM
I've been re-reading them all before I read the new one. I just started the third one last night. Can't wait to read the last one. :D

swphreak
07-15-2007, 12:35 PM
I'm looking forward to concluding the story. I'll probably reread the Halfblood Prince at work since I've pretty juch forgot all the little things.

And I have no idea who is going to die in the last book.

RoxStar
07-15-2007, 08:36 PM
And I have no idea who is going to die in the last book.

*Coughcough* Voldemort :p

DarthAve
07-15-2007, 10:47 PM
I'm a bit excited, but I'm not gonna get the book. I want to know how it ends though, considering I was interested when Harry Potter first came into circulation. I don't really care that much who dies, as long as they deserve it. I hope it's that fat cousin of Harry's, or at least something bad happens to him (If he's even still alive, is he?)

Whatever, I do sometimes wonder if Rowling's gonna pull a fast one and make it have a Soprano's ending.

"You cannot win, Potter!" Voldemort yelled, casting ~hooplaspellwhatev~ "I. AM. YOUR. DOOM."
Harry stared back, casting ~differenthooplaspell~ with twice the fury "Not today!" They dueled for a long time and stuff.
Than his wand broke and someone died.

THE END

Crow_Nest
07-16-2007, 02:41 AM
I only read the 3rd book, but ive already seen all the movies that are out. Once you read the book, the movie doesnt seem to be as good because you realize the movie is all in a mess. Thats what happened when i saw prisoner of azkaban AFTER reading the book. Dont think i'll be getting the last book either, i'll just wait for the movie

swphreak
07-20-2007, 12:58 PM
Just 11 hours to go til the 21st. The UPS site says the book is at the local facility, so I'm hoping they deliver the book early in the morning so I can take it with me on the road trip.


P.S. Everyone is forewarned: Read first post.

Commander Obi-Wan
07-20-2007, 01:05 PM
13 more hours of us, since I didn't pre-order it, I'm just going to go to Wal-Mart when they open, if I can't get it then, I'm sure I'll find a place to get it. I'll be too tired to get it after work tonight.

Reclaimer
07-20-2007, 01:20 PM
I have the book early. Thanks to my friend at Borders.

All I have to say is, to me it

sucks balls.

Yep. Thats how I feel about the last book it's

horrible way to end the great legacy of Harry Potter, damn you Rowling!

RoxStar
07-20-2007, 01:41 PM
P.S. Everyone is forewarned: Read first post.

I wub you Phreak <3

TiE23
07-20-2007, 02:32 PM
I didn't read the 6th book because I wasn't interested. And I don't remember anything about the 5th book until I saw the movie. I'm not interested in it.

I do know the ending though:

Lol, Pheak's never gonna read this, huh?

I did... damn you.
~Phreak

Tyrion
07-20-2007, 05:39 PM
Reclaimer, since you know how the book ends...could you describe the ending/big events of the book? And preferably put it in super-secret spoiler tags so that Phreak doesn't freak out and karate chop your ass, as well as being considerate to those who don't want to find out.

Even better, just PM it to me in case Phreak can't control himself, as the preceding post confirms. :xp:

Mike Windu
07-20-2007, 06:42 PM
Oooo, less than 8 hrs, I can feel the excitement. :D

I will personally not be on da intarweb until I finish the book.. :p

RoxStar
07-20-2007, 11:40 PM
The best thing about working in a grocery store?

They got their books today to sell tomorrow up front.

Thus, I spent my break reading the first two chapters. Now I am giddy to actually get my hands on one that i didn't borderline steal :D

DarthAve
07-21-2007, 12:06 AM
Nobody go on the Wiki for book seven if they want to go unspoiled. I know the ending, and I gotta say, it's not my taste, really.
~NOT WHO DIES SPOILERS, BUT WHO LIVES: BE WARNED~

Too much babyage for my taste. My god, even Malfoy has a kid! Who in there right mind would screw him?

Tyrion
07-21-2007, 12:21 AM
Yeah, the story's summary is all on wikipedia. It's quite shocking, though, that:

Darth Vader is Luke's father!

BongoBob
07-21-2007, 12:39 AM
You know what pissed me off? Aeries dies!!! :mad:

Commander Obi-Wan
07-21-2007, 02:32 AM
Yeah, turns out that I was able to get it. They were available at work at midnight, so I bought my self a copy. And I won't be posting in this thread until I'm near done the book. I don't want anybody to spoil it.

Reclaimer
07-21-2007, 06:07 AM
It's quite horrible how she ended it.

We should all kill her.

Mike Windu
07-21-2007, 10:30 PM
I dunno, I rather enjoyed it, much to my surprise.

I love this book.

But the deaths of some made me very very sad.

TiE23
07-21-2007, 11:26 PM
We got our copy at Safeway for $6 cheaper than at the big book-place near our house where they were having a big party thing. Well over 2,000 people in a place that rarely sees over 750-900 people on busy nights. Safeway had plenty of copies and only like 4 or 5 people waiting there.

But anyway, my sister got it and started reading it until 8:00am in the morning when my mom told her to go to sleep.

RoxStar
07-22-2007, 12:41 AM
I just finished it.

I loved it!


That is all.

Crow_Nest
07-22-2007, 01:20 AM
My cousin preordered the book and it arrived yesterday. Read the last page, was only interested to know whether harry dies or not. :D And because i feel like spoiling something, im gonna spoil something

Moody got avada kedava'ed by you know who ;)

Mike Windu
07-22-2007, 02:01 AM
I actually got mine for 20 bucks at Barnes and Noble... got a free pair of glow in the dark Harry glasses, and a keychain too. :)

ET Warrior
07-22-2007, 07:41 PM
I finished the book in a day.

loved it. Absolutely loved it.

Jeff
07-22-2007, 08:10 PM
I finished it very early this morning, I think it took me about 7 hours to read.

I thought it was very well written. Very few parts I didn't like. Dunno if its my favorite book in the series yet, I always have to wait a little while after I see or read something to decide if its my favorite.

RoxStar
07-22-2007, 11:36 PM
I think it took me about 7 hours to read.


Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaa

Tyrion
07-22-2007, 11:43 PM
I finished it very early this morning, I think it took me about 7 hours to read.

That's roughly a hundred pages an hour, or around 1.6 pages every minute, excluding pauses or breaks.

Either you skimmed through the book, or you're partially cyborg. If so, I for one welcome you as our new overlord.

Reclaimer
07-23-2007, 12:28 AM
That's roughly a hundred pages an hour, or around 1.6 pages every minute, excluding pauses or breaks.

Either you skimmed through the book, or you're partially cyborg. If so, I for one welcome you as our new overlord.

Battlestar Galactica FTW!

Wait...

Harry could be Starbuck! Ron the other dude, and Harmonie could be that blonde chick.

Battlestar Hogwarts!

Mike Windu
07-23-2007, 12:45 AM
I finished in about 7 as well. It was definitely a good book, though a bit of a damper on the rest of my weekend cause Saturday I had something to do... and the rest of the time.. I didnt..

Jeff
07-23-2007, 01:13 AM
Maybe it was closer to 8, but I don't think that its that extraordinary of a speed; one friend told me he finished in 6. I thought I read it pretty thoroughly, not wanting to miss anything.

I'm still happy to be your overlord though. Me and Mike can share the throne. :D

Tyrion
07-23-2007, 02:33 AM
I'm still happy to be your overlord though. Me and Mike can share the throne. :D

Nope, that's not how it goes: it's a solely exclusive title. The only way for you two to settle it is in a very, very, sexalicious mud fight to the death.

In other news, I wonder if JK Rowling is going to make a sequel to the heptilogy(that sounds like a venereal disease, actually) at some point, and if so, on what?

She sure isn't going to write a story on the wacky adventures of Fred and George, eh?

TiE23
07-23-2007, 03:44 AM
I haven't read 6 or 7 and I don't think I'll have time in my reading queue. So I just totally spoiled it for me and read synopsis' for both books on wikipedia. Saved me a lot of time. Problem is that when I read novels, I read it word-for-word and never skim or skip around. So I always read really slow.

Pho3nix
07-23-2007, 05:05 AM
I finished it very early this morning, I think it took me about 7 hours to read.

...robot.

Mike Windu
07-23-2007, 10:07 AM
You guys are slow readers. :p

RoxStar
07-23-2007, 10:16 AM
I read the internetz faster than novels.


Unless they are boring school assigned kind. Then I read it fairly fast.

Tyrion
07-23-2007, 11:54 AM
You guys are slow readers. :p

I'm a slowish reader and my attention span is rather poor, so I'm lucky if I ever get past 100 pages in a single reading. :p

TiE23
07-23-2007, 07:43 PM
I can't read more than an hour in one sitting usually. Though I did read Musashi for like 2 hours one night.

swphreak
07-24-2007, 12:14 AM
Finally had the chance to read it. Spent about 9 hours from beginning to end, and it was awesome. I'm really excited to see Movie 7. Gonna have all sorts of wizard action in it.


[Serious Spoilers]
I thought the last chapter was a bit overkill, but it was alright in that corny, sentimental sort of way.

I was kinda disappointed Luna wasn't mentioned in the epilogue, she's grown on me since Book 6.

And the part where McGonagall brought all the suits of armor and stuff to life was awesome.

And two words: Professor Longbottom.

Mike Windu
07-24-2007, 10:57 AM
You should welcome your new circuit-enhanced overlords. :)

On an analytical note... I thought some of Rowling's writing was weird this time around, I dunno if it is the fact that I'm getting into more literature cause of school but certain bits of writing just stick out to me...

Please... Molly Weasley... gah... lame... and also Harry standing over his "enemy's shell" lololol Harry wow what a hardass -_-

Commander Obi-Wan
07-24-2007, 02:52 PM
Finally finished reading it. It took me a long time to read it. I had work, in which I couldn't read. The longest outing I read for was about 4 hours from 12:30 AM to 4:30 AM on Monday morning, but I only read about 100 pages or so in that time. And I did read non-stop. So, I'd say I am a fairly slow reader, but I did want to get every detail into it.

I thought I was a fantastic book, but I didn't care for the epilogue. I think the movie has the potential to be amazing and the best movie of the series as long as it's done well.

BongoBob
07-24-2007, 03:18 PM
Well, I don't read, but there are those books where I'll spend the whole time reading it from start to finish. Spent like 5 hours straight reading Ghosts Of Onyx, and have been reading the Janet Evanovich novels recently, and those are really good, and I've read those all in one shot. Not as big as harry potter and they take me about 4 hours each or so.

I'm a reader that doesn't like to read >.> <.<

The Seeker
07-24-2007, 11:47 PM
Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!

The entire book was great. Had that dark, near hopeless feel all the way through with a brilliantly satisfying ending

No complaints whatsoever. I wonder if Rowling will write anything else now, or retire with a perfect record.

milo
07-25-2007, 10:19 PM
Fred! ;_;

Crow_Nest
07-26-2007, 09:57 AM
No complaints whatsoever. I wonder if Rowling will write anything else now, or retire with a perfect record.

She said she might make an 8th book for charity. This time on the stuff which arent in any of the books, kinda like an "encyclapedia" of some sort. (Read it on today's paper)

MTV2
07-26-2007, 09:42 PM
the only thing i dont understand about the book is at the end when:

one of harry's kids goes on the train and says that Ted Lupin is snogging Victoire when its nineteen years later and Ted Lupin should be out of school by then and not on the Hogwarts Express. i also hate how he named his 3 kids James Potter, Lily Potter and Albus Severus Potter. thats just stupid. and why didn't he marry Cho Chang or some other woman? I hate the Weasleys, they're horrible. damn blood-traitors. the other thing i dont understand is why didn't harry use the Killing Curse? like bull**** the Disarming Spell is going to overcome the Killing Curse. and the fight was too short, i expected something like what happened in the Graveyard in the 4th book, just better. not just a clash of 2 spells and curses and then Voldemorts done with. i think that she rushed it alot. everything seemed quite short and fast. though i did like the book, just could be better though

Bob Lion54
07-26-2007, 11:05 PM
Well, this is going to be a fun post to make. I hope I don't miss a spoiler tag. heh
one of harry's kids goes on the train and says that Ted Lupin is snogging Victoire when its nineteen years later and Ted Lupin should be out of school by then and not on the Hogwarts Express.
Well, many seniors in high school are 19, which is the age Teddy would be. His birth was late in the year, as I recall so maybe he started school "late" because of how his birthday fell. Scratch that.

I double checked. This is correct:
Its also possible he was just there to see her off. I don't recall ever reading friends and family were not allowed on the train before it departed...
I donno... Thats all I can think.

i also hate how he named his 3 kids James Potter, Lily Potter and Albus Severus Potter. thats just stupid.
I liked Albus Severus Potter, but I thought it would have been nice to name one of them Fred... Maybe thats James' middle name... I donno, could be.

the other thing i dont understand is why didn't harry use the Killing Curse? like bull**** the Disarming Spell is going to overcome the Killing Curse. and the fight was too short, i expected something like what happened in the Graveyard in the 4th book, just better. not just a clash of 2 spells and curses and then Voldemorts done with.

I felt that as well when I first read it, but the realization quickly hit me. I admit it, I smiled "out loud..." Harry didn't need to use the Killing Curse AND he knew it. The Elder Wand was rightfully Harry's. Remember, Rowling made a point in the book that a wand will not be as powerful as it should be for anyone but is rightful owner, nor would it turn on its owner. Since that was Harry, he didn't need to fear it.

Also, the scene was about power. Harry had all the power. He knew it. Riddle felt it. Harry had the upper hand. I thought it was great because of how much Harry feared Voldermort up to that point, but when the time came for the final showdown, Harry wasn't facing Voldermort "The Dark Lord", he was facing Tom Riddle, the man. Notice how Harry never calls him Voldermort during the fight.

For seven years, Harry overcame great obstacles with the help of his friends, a little luck, and a lot of courage. But he never really was the hero people expected him to be until he made the decision to sacrifice himself to save the people he loved. At that point, he became The Hero. When he had the choice to come back, Voldermort had lost all his mystic. Harry even tried to save Riddle's soul, even after all he had done.

Remember too, that Harry was know for the Disarming Spell.

Anyway, yea... that about sums up my feelings for the fight. I was expecting something more as well, but upon further reflection, I think it was beautifully done and the perfect way to end it.

Though, I do have to agree... I don't know what, but the book was missing something. I just can't seem to put my finger on it... Maybe its just my disappointment that the story ended... or maybe not.

Commander Obi-Wan
07-27-2007, 01:01 PM
and why didn't he marry Cho Chang or some other woman?

Well, Cho and Harry broke up in the Order of the Phoenix because Harry wanted to bring her to meet Hermione to have an interview with Rita Skeeter. In the sixth book, they seemingly just ignored each other. And if IIRC, Cho is one year ahead of Harry, so that's why we didn't hear of her in the final book. (though, I may have to double check that)

And I just made sense that Harry and Ginny were together since they were at the end of the sixth book. But Harry stopped the relationship until Harry defeated Tom Riddle/Voldemort. And as you have read he did.

And it really wouldn't have made sense that he marry an unknown character since Harry really only had an intimate relationship with Ginny.

MTV2
07-29-2007, 03:44 PM
hmmm. i see.

im going to have to read this book over again, i remember when i read the 5th book a second time and found out a bunch of stuff i didn't understand before.
Read:
the Harry/Ginny relationship makes sense to me now. but not really the Ron/Hermione relationship, seems to Cliché or something, and it left me disappointed.i knew that Hermione wouldn't marry Krum, but she never met anyone else that she liked which seems odd for a woman of her stature.

the duel between Harry/Tom is a bit clearer now, but then again, go back to the 4th book, how did Harry stop the Killing Curse there? and how did a Priori Incantatum occur when that happened? i loved the part where he explained everything to Tom in front of everybody, I've read that part countless times. I think she did that long speech so that the battle would feel short and watered down.

I'm going to have to re-read the Epilogue, i just found out that Victoire is the daughter of Bill and Fleur.

aha. i found out why the Elder Wand would not kill Harry. Harry is the Master of the Elder Wand and therefore, the Elder Wand cannot kill it's master or else no one would be it's master ever again.

I was so ....ed and sad that Tonks and Lupin died, there was no point of that. Teddy's going to be like Harry and Harry's going to be like Sirius.

Am i the only one that noticed the deaths of Vincent Crabbe and Colin Creevey?

Did anyone notice that Albus Dumbledore was 152 years old when he died?

TiE23
07-29-2007, 04:26 PM
Mysterious white blocks are covering the screen! Holy ****!

lol, hidden message.
big block!
big block!
big block!
big block!
big block!
big block!
massive block!
massive block!
massive block!
massive block!

MrWally
07-29-2007, 05:27 PM
I was working at a camp up in northern Wisconsin for 3 weeks, but luckily there were some Staff leaders who went out at midnight and bought the book, and, since it was my day off following the night of the books release, they let me borrow a copy and read it. I finished it in a day, and, to say the least:

It was incredible.

I'll post more of my opinions/thoughts/questions later.

Commander Obi-Wan
07-29-2007, 05:29 PM
Am i the only one that noticed the deaths of Vincent Crabbe and Colin Creevey?

zOMG! Big blocks!

Well, not really all of us went into much detail into the book. And honestly, the deaths of those two characters aren't really that significant.

Did anybody noticed that Zacharias Smith fled with all the underaged wizards? ;)

IG-64
08-07-2007, 04:29 AM
I just finished it, it took me 3 days, and that was only because I was trying to be moderate and make it last longer.

A very dark and rough book. But I thought it was great.

It was all very gripping, and sad, and surprising. I can ultimately say that I am satisfied with the entire Harry Potter series. Except for one little thing though.

I liked the way it resolved itself, but there's something about the epilogue that irked me. I usually don't like it when authors jump too far forward, and this was no exception. It just seemed too weird to think of Harry, age 36, with wife and kids and his married friends. It came up so abruptly that it's hard to make it sink in. I would rather have lingered much longer on the immediate effects of killing Voldemort, and how everything got settled down, and then gradually introducing what happens to everyone later, instead of springing it on you like that. However, it's not my book, and I'm not the one to decide how it ends. Once it does sink in, I think I'll be a little more satisfied with the ending. That might take another read-thorough though.

leXX
08-07-2007, 08:33 PM
I read it on the day of release, and I really enjoyed it on the most part. The whole way through the book, I couldn't help but imagine it in movie form, and certain 'scenes' will be awesome to watch when the film finally comes out, if they get it right. The ending battle with spells flying everywhere and Professor McGonagall leading a charging herd of school desks, giants fighting etc etc, I can't wait. I was very sad to see Dobby and Fred die especially, I almost couldn't believe what I reading, but I guess death is inevitable if you are to keep it believable.

Only a couple of things bugged me. I felt the whole spending months in the tent dragged on a bit too long, and as IG said, it was hard to imagine an adult Harry with kids at the very end of the book, but you never know, maybe there will be a spinoff series of books starring Albus Potter and gang (fingers crossed). And yes, I was quite disapointed with the Harry vs He Who Must Not Be Named ending battle, if you can call it that, but after thinking about it, it would have been hard to top the Dumbledore vs Voldemort fight in Order of the Phoenix, plus Harry isn't a very advanced as a wizard (can just about cast a spell without having to say it out loud), and Voldemort would have easily have beaten him if it had been just a straight spell fight.

All in all, Rowling is undoubtedly one of my favourite authors ever, and I've loved the whole series.